Category Archives: Apologetics

Christian Apologetic Reasoning

On Contraception

I received a somewhat odd letter from a reader code-named Thomas Binu which I here reprint in full: This is off-topic, but I couldn’t find a place to email you this directly, hence posting it here. I just happened to … Continue reading

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Cosmos and the Cartoon Maker

It may be a breach of net etiquette to reproduce an entire entry rather than a hook line and a link, but (1) Mr Shea and I are two founding members of the Shea-Wright mutual admiration society, and, I believe, … Continue reading

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Thou Know’st Us Happy

Is there sex in heaven? A reader asks: On this earth, we’re never going to run away from the problem of fidelity, whether sexual or emotional, and it may be prudent to err on the side of caution in terms … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: With Great Art Comes Great Responsibility

One of my readers answered my question about the true and the beautiful in words so clear and sentiments so true that I thought it best to reprint them here. Consider this to be a guest essay:  For some reason … Continue reading

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The Magnificat

I have a question for any readers willing to answer. Listen to the following

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On the Garden of Paradise

This is an essay I was asked to write for a Spanish language anthology, not yet released, asked of several men of letters their thoughts and opinions about the life to come. I reprint it here with the editor’s permission. … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology — Summation

In the preceding articles, I give my reasons for coming to believe the Catholic Church is what she claims to be, the one and true Church, apostolic and universal, founded by Christ and containing all sacred truth. Readers of a … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology — A Personal Note: Shooting Oneself in the Foot

By rights, I should explain what might be called my procedural decisions. I did not, for example, demand a sign from the Lord as to which denomination is correct. My very strong intuition and inspiration, amounting to a personal dogma, … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Fifteen– ON SACRAMENTS

Now I come to a final point, but this is not one which convinced me to join the Catholic Church, for at this point in my search, I had become convinced at first intellectually, and then with my whole soul, … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Fourteen: SLANDERS AND RUMORS

SLANDERS AND RUMORS The fourteenth point which convinced me of the truth of the Catholic faith was the untruth of the accusations made against that faith. I found out very quickly that nearly any Catholic whom I read or whom … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Thirteen: ON LEGALISM

ON THE NATURE OF LAW I am recounting the several reasons I have for accepting that the Catholic Church is what she says she is. The thirteenth point which convinced me was the particular character of the Catholic Church. She … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Twelve Continued: A SHORT HISTORY OF HERESY

A SHORT HISTORY OF HERESY Let us take a short while (or, if need be, a long one) to review some of the heresies of the first ten centuries of the Church. I am confident that even an abbreviated list … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Twelve: ON THE CHARACTER of HERESY

ON THE CHARACTER of HERESY In religion, just as in politics or philosophy or any other institutional mental effort, heresy is taking one idea from an organic plurality of ideas and elevating it to supreme preeminence, so that other ideas … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Eleven: ON TRADITION

ON TRADITION I am recounting the several reasons I have for accepting that the Catholic Church is what she says she is. I had become convinced that any denomination with no continuity to the historical church could be a guard … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Ten: IGNORANCE OF THE FATHERS

IGNORANCE OF THE FATHERS I am recounting the several reasons I have for accepting that the Catholic Church is what she says she is. I had become convinced that any denomination with no continuity to the historical church could not … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Nine: ON HISTORICITY

ON HISTORICITY I am recounting the several reasons I have for accepting that the Catholic Church is what she says she is. Upon investigation, I became convinced that many of the denominations were Christian in name only, no longer motivated … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Eight: ON CHASTITY

ON CHASTITY I am recounting the several reasons I have for accepting that the Catholic Church is what she says she is. A eighth point was the matter of the Holy Spirit and its war with the Sexual Revolution. During … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Seven: ON CONTINUITY

ON CONTINUITY I am recounting in chronological order the several reasons I have for accepting that the Catholic Church is what she says she is. The seventh point is the matter of historical consistency or continuity. I was shocked to … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Six: ON COMMUNION

ON COMMUNION I am recounting my spiritual voyage of discovery over the several years that passed between my conversion, and my reception in the safe harbor of the Roman Catholic faith. The sixth point I encountered was the question of … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Five: ON UNITY

ON UNITY Several things convinced me of the truth of the Catholic claims. The fifth argument in favor of Catholicism was first point that impressed itself upon me after my conversion. It was the question of unity. Upon receiving the … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Four: ON SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY

ON SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY I am recounting in chronological order the several reasons I have for accepting that the Catholic Church is what she says she is. Since the time, back when I was an atheist, when I first came across … Continue reading

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Summary of the General Ecumenical Councils

It may be of use to those readers not familiar with the history of the Church to see a list of the Ecumenical Councils and what they decided. This list is taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04423f.htm

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A Universal Apology Point Three: ON THE MAGISTERIUM

ON THE MAGISTERIUM The third point that convinced me of the truth of the Catholic claims is the paradox of accepting the canon of scripture while rejecting the teaching authority, that is to say, the Magesterium, of the Church. This … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point Two: ON CANONICITY

ON CANONICITY I am recounting in chronological order the several reasons I have for accepting that the Catholic Church is what she says she is. The second is the paradox of accepting on authority the doctrines of the Incarnation and … Continue reading

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A Universal Apology Point One Continued: THE PARABLE OF THE MESSENGERS

THE PARABLE OF THE MESSENGERS I am recounting my reasons for accepting the claims of the Catholic Church above those of other denominations. My faith in the Church rests on several points. The first one was brought to my attention … Continue reading

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